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September 28, 2021

Hell on Church Street, Punch Brothers’ newest album, due January 14, 2022 on Nonesuch Records, is the band’s reimagining of, and homage to, the late bluegrass great Tony Rice’s landmark solo album Church Street Blues. The record features a collection of songs by Bob Dylan, Gordon Lightfoot, Bill Monroe, and others (complete track list below). Hell on Church Street is available to preorder here, where an in-the-studio video of the band playing “Church Street Blues” may also be seen; preorders from the Nonesuch and Punch Brothers Stores include a limited-edition print signed by the band. Punch Brothers tour North America in support of the album beginning in January, with stops in Seattle, Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, and Boston, among others (tour schedule below); tickets go on sale on Friday, October 1 at 10am local time. More information is available here.

Recorded at Nashville’s Blackbird Studio in November 2020, during a time of great uncertainty, Hell on Church Street was intended as both its own work of art and a gift to Rice, who died that Christmas. Punch Brothers said of Tony Rice and Church Street Blues: “No record (or musician) has had a greater impact on us, and we felt compelled to cover it in its entirety, with the objective of interacting with it in the same spirit of respect-fueled adventure that Tony brought to each of its pre-existing songs.”

Hell on Church Street follows Punch Brothers’ critically acclaimed and Grammy Award-winning 2018 album All Ashore, which featured nine original songs written by the band. The Boston Globe said of All Ashore, “Punch Brothers have crafted a deeply meaningful and downright gorgeous record that takes the world for what it is, but doesn’t use that as an excuse to give up.”

Punch Brothers—guitarist Chris Eldridge, bassist Paul Kowert, banjoist Noam Pikelny, mandolinist/singer Chris Thile, and fiddler Gabe Witcher—formed in 2006 and released its first Nonesuch record, Punch, in 2008. In 2009, the band began a residency at NYC’s intimate Lower East Side club The Living Room, trying out new songs and ultimately spawning Antifogmatic (2010). Those albums were followed by the critically praised Who’s Feeling Young Now? (also recorded at Blackbird Studio) in 2012 and 2015’s T Bone Burnett-produced The Phosphorescent Blues.

Hell on Church Street

  1. Church Street Blues (Norman Blake)
  2. Cattle in the Cane (Traditional)
  3. Streets of London (Ralph McTell)
  4. One More Night (Bob Dylan)
  5. The Gold Rush (Bill Monroe)
  6. Any Old Time (Jimmie Rodgers)
  7. Orphan Annie (Norman Blake)
  8. House Carpenter (Traditional)/Jerusalem Ridge (Monroe)
  9. Last Thing on My Mind (Tom Paxton)
  10. Pride of Man (Hamilton Camp)
  11. Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald (Gordon Lightfoot)

Punch Brothers 2022 Winter Tour 

Tuesday, January 11 Bellingham, WA Mount Baker Theatre *
Wednesday, January 12 Seattle, WA The Moore Theater *
Thursday, January 13 Eugene, OR McDonald *
Friday, January 14 Redding, CA The Cascade Theatre *
Saturday, January 15 Oakland, CA Fox Theater *
Monday, January 17 Carmel, CA Sunset Center *
Tuesday, January 18 Santa Barbara, CA Campbell Hall @ UCSB ^
Wednesday, January 19 Los Angeles, CA The Theatre at Ace Hotel
Thursday, January 20 Scottsdale, AZ Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
Sunday, January 23 Oklahoma City, OK Tower Theatre ^
Monday, January 24 St. Louis, MO Powell Hall ^
Tuesday, January 25 St. Paul, MN Palace Theatre
Thursday, January 27 Chicago, IL Riviera Theatre
Saturday, January 29 Toronto, ON Koerner Hall/TELUS Centre
Monday, February 14 Columbus, OH Southern Theatre *
Tuesday, February 15 Nashville, TN Ryman Auditorium *
Thursday, February 17 Louisville, KY Brown Theatre *
Friday, February 18 Atlanta, GA The Tabernacle *
Saturday, February 19 Chattanooga, TN Walker Theatre *
Sunday, February 20 Knoxville, TN Tennessee Theatre *
Wednesday, February 23 Richmond, VA The National *
Saturday, February 26 Washington, D.C. Lincoln Theatre *
Sunday, February 27 Washington, D.C. Lincoln Theatre *
Wednesday, March 2 New York, NY Beacon Theatre *
Thursday, March 3 Boston, MA Orpheum *
Friday, March 4 Burlington, VT Flynn Center for the Performing Arts *
Saturday, March 5 Portland, ME State Theatre *
Sunday, March 6 Storrs, CT Jorgensen Center * 

* w/ Haley Heynderickx   ^ w/ Madison Cunningham